Episode 56 – You Must Take Care of Yourself with Dave Fancher

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Dave Fancher has been building software for more than a decade. He is a lead Software Engineer at Vibenomics as well as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional, a Pluralsight author and author of “The Book of F#”. Dave is also active within the software development community and has spoken at numerous events throughout the United States.

In this episode Dave Fancher tells us why we need to keep our own best interests in mind and that you need to be cognizant of potential burnout. Dave also talks about personality types and the perils of poor communication.


Time Stamped Show Notes

(00:53) – Phil introduces Dave Fancher

(01:21) – Dave says that he found developing software resonated with him and has worked in .NET for most of his career

(01:37) – In a continually changing world, Dave is trying to expand his skills into other areas such as F#


(01:47) – Unique Career Tip: Dave says that you should not underestimate the power of being a good communicator

(02:22) – Dave believes that attitudes about communication skills in I.T. are changing and talks about his experience of teaching at a coding bootcamp in the Indianapolis area

(03:06) – Phil and Dave discuss the changes in communication as a result of technology

(03:22) – Dave says, “Humans are really good at reinventing ways to do the exact same thing” and that we create, “Different solutions to the same problem”


(04:13) – Worst Career Moment: Dave talks about some rookie mistakes but says that most of the worst things always come back to poor communication and misunderstanding

(05:18) – It’s important to recognise that there are significantly different personalities and personality types who communicate in different ways

(05:41) – Phil and Dave discuss whether or not communication is a skill


(06:49) – Career Highlight / Greatest Success: Dave talks about working for a consultancy and a particular client processing large numbers of documents every day

(07:30) – The client had a department handling and processing all of these documents manually

(07:57) – The process was reengineered by the consultancy reducing the processing by half and doubling the throughput of documents

(08:49) – This reduced company overtime costs and employees were no longer having to work twelve hour days

(09:18) – Dave says that he was very proud of that project which was a lot of fun to work on


(09:21) – What Excites You About The Future of a Career in I.T.? Dave talks about the passion of the next generation

(09:33) – Dave talks about seeing career changers and those straight out of school at the bootcamp he is involved with

(10:09) – Dave also talks about his involvement with Coderdojo, watching kids using Scratch and the changes in coding since he began his own career

(10:33) – Dave says that seeing that process of discovery and excitement keeps him excited and energized

(10:41) – Phil and Dave discuss the availability and access to resources and technology


(11:12) – The Reveal

(11:16) – What attracted you to an I.T. career in the first place? – “I found early on that it was about the only thing I was good at”

(11:49) – What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received? – “Dave needs to watch out for Dave because no one else will”

(13:31) – If you were to begin your I.T. career again, right now, what would you do? –”I would develop a solid foundation in statistics”

(15:15) – What career objectives are you focusing on right now? – “Stabilizing and maintaining my current status”

(16:08) – What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far? – “Learning to effectively communicate”


(17:09) – A Parting Piece of Career Advice: Dave says be cognizant of burning out

(18:00) – If you become aware that you are burning out, consider making changes to your life


3 Key Points:     

  1. You are the one person who has your own best interests in mind
  2. Most mistakes in I.T. are a result of either poor communication or misunderstanding
  3. Make sure that you are able to identify signs that you may be burning out before it’s too late


Resources Mentioned:

  • davefancher.com – Dave Fancher’s website
  • LinkedIn – Dave Fancher’s LinkedIn profile
  • @davefancher – Dave Fancher’s Twitter handle


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